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About the author:
Harlan Vaughn is an author and painter currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of several volumes of poetry and one memoir. Here Lies Death is his first fiction novel.
He is interested in art, travel, photography, LGBT themes, and reading. Many of his paintings are on this website and can be seen using the links in the upper right-hand corner.
Harlan in originally from Mississippi and currently lives in New York City with this partner and their dog, Fenwick.
About the book:
Here Lies Death.
On December 21, 2012, the processes of death and aging stop completely. Here Lies Death is the story of Kelsey and April, sisters who are forced to explore their own mortality because of unprecedented supernatural phenomena. As the world struggles to understand the psychological and sociological implications, Kelsey and April dive deeper into hopelessness and depravity. While the slow realization of life without death begins to burn itself into a new reality, the human race threatens to implode.
What happens when there is no more death?
Part fantasy, part science fiction, and part story of survival, read the acclaimed novel that sweeps across the human experience and digs into the darkest corners of the mind.
The book is set in New York City, an unspecified location in the Northeast, and in rural New Mexico. The story focuses largely on Kelsey and April’s shared experience of many life-changing circumstances, and features Kes, Michael, and Sean as the partners and friends that offer support and understanding. The events include a few road trips, strange and brutal parties, and the discovery of a place so mysterious that it threatens to destroy the world as we know it.
In the story, the psychology behind the death drive, the will to live, and modern-day identity is examined.
Currently, the book is available in paperback and Kindle format. The book is roughly 80,000 words, between 250-300 pages depending on your reader’s settings.
“Full of tension and utter beauty… Captivates and then fully obsesses the reader.”
- Chris Gordon (Link to review)
“The story moves like a stick of dynamite… Vaughn has a writing style all his own.”
- Jay Kidd (Link to review)
“A raw look at our primal instincts with no apologies. A single-sitting read on a cozy autumn day!”
- Alison Mitchell (Link to review)
The cover painting:
Kelsey’s Dream, acrylic on canvas, 20x24, 2012
• First published August 29, 2012
• Published by Harlan Vaughn
• Paperback version is 278 pages. Kindle version varies based on reader settings
• Book language is English
• Book was written entirely in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York
It’s hard for us indie authors. Readers need to know they’re getting a quality product.
I spent the better part of a year working on this novel. It went through over a dozen revisions. The ending, and several critical scenes, were completely re-written for emotional impact and character development. I tried to catch every single typo to prevent distraction with the help of three different editors. You know, the hard work that should go into every novel available for purchase.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. I’ve read books that I had to put down because they weren’t well-edited. Good ideas, bad execution. If you feel that this novel is in any way inferior or not a quality product, I’ll return your money in whatever way is easiest for you.
To date, I have had zero returns on my book. My goal is for you, the reader, to have a pure reading experience with no risk. If for ANY reason you don’t like the book, my email is email@example.com: write to me and I will give you 100% of your money back. Simple as that. Happy reading!